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Guest Blog on Shambhala SunSpace

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have just authored a guest blog on Shambhala SunSpace, the blog of the Shambhala Sun. Thanks to Rod Meade Sperry and my publicist at Wisdom Publications, Joe Evans, for inviting me to post.
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The guest blog is entitled: Mindfulness for Pain and “FOMO” and comments upon an article on pain in the latest issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Magazine.

eMindful: A Global Live Mindfulness Community: Morning Meditation

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak
eMindful.com is a cutting edge leader in online mindfulness education, taking advantage of video conferencing technology to offer mindfulness in unique formats. eMindful brings mindfulness into the Information Age and does so in a way that represents skillful means or upaya because it makes the wisdom of mindfulness accessible to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity. eMindful is the global Internet source for comprehensive health and wellness services. Our suite of online courses in mindfulness, yoga, and qigong skills directly impact physiological and psychological well-being. Inspiring, interactive classes are taught live by the world’s most respected mindfulness educators.”

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I am pleased to be on the faculty and lead one of their daily Morning Meditation sessions. These live meditations are offered free of charge to the global online community. These meditations are held each morning from 8:00 to 8:45 (EST). I lead the meditation on Fridays. Click on this link to login. Watch the recorded video of previously recorded session that I led below. 

Join me every Friday for the Morning Meditation and start your day and weekend off with mindfulness practice! 

Morning Meditation 6 August 2010 from Arnold Kozak on Vimeo.

TED Tuesday: Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Former Catholic nun, Karen Armstrong authored the brilliant book on the Buddha’s life, entitled, simply enough, Buddha. She has also published many fine books on the history of religion. Listen to her TED Prize Talk and her invitation to compassion, a behavior, common to all religions. And, by the way, the pathway to the divine, and perhaps the way out of the mess we’ve made of the world.

Metaphor Monday: Being Comfortable Being Out of Balance, Performance Art by Janine Antoni

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Performance artist Janine Antoni provides a compelling image for mindfulness in life through acceptance of what is so. Mindfulness does not just magically make everything OK but it shows us, when we can stop resisting. She discovered this lesson while teaching herself to walk a tight rope. Here is what she said about the experience:

So I practiced tightroping for about an hour a day andafter about a week I started to feel like I’m now getting my balance. And as Iwas walking I started to notice that it wasn’t that I was getting morebalanced, but that I was getting more comfortable with being out of balance. 

Iwould let the pendulum swing a little bit further and rather than gettingnervous and overcompensating by leaning too much to one side I could compensatejust enough. And I thought, I wish I could do that in my life when things aregetting out of balance. You know when you have a hard day and one bad thinghappens after another? I sort of learned that I could just breathe in and sortof set myself back up onto the rope.

The other thing that was really fascinating is Istarted to learn the bottom of my feet in a way that I had never learnedbefore. If the wire is just a millimeter to one side or the other I can feel itin my arms. I started to learn all kinds of things about the skeletalstructure. About my sternum and my sacrum and how to keep them in balance. Itwas quite a beautiful process, learning to walk on the rope.

Returning to breathing is key. Tightrope walking put Janine in her body, as can any kinetic activity when done with awareness. 

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